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Epigenetics of the Indian Cobra: Multi-Omics Breakthroughs for Recombinant Antivenom

Epigenetics of the Indian Cobra

May 11, 2021
A study which combines elegant, high-throughput, and cutting-edge omics helps to assemble the Indian cobra genome and may aid in the creation of an effective recombinant antivenom.

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Meet Our Experts: Nate Chapin, Research Associate II

Meet Our Experts: Nate Chapin

July 24, 2020
Nate Chapin is a Research Associate II on the R&D team at Active Motif. This article introduces you to Nate, covers why he studies epigenetics, and shares his favorite career advice.

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Covid-19 Antibodies Paper Summary

July 21, 2020



Covid-19 Antibodies

June 3, 2020


Meet Our Experts | Akanksha Singh-Taylor, Ph.D., R&D Scientist

Meet Our Experts | Akanksha Singh-Taylor, Ph.D.

May 12, 2020
Akanksha Singh-Taylor, Ph.D. is an Applications Scientist on the R&D team at Active Motif. This article introduces you to Akanksha, covers what excites her about epigenetics, and gives advice about how to navigate your career path.

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Improving the Resolution of Hi-C Assays with Micro-C

New Micro-C Method

May 11, 2020
To study 3-D chromosomal interactions, methods like Hi-C have been developed to provide high-resolution mapping of genome-wide chromatin interactions. A new method called Micro-C has recently been reported that has higher resolution and higher signal to noise ratio than other existing methods.

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Using Epigenomic Data to Accurately Predict and Distinguish Cell Types

Predict Cell Phenotype

April 28, 2020
A new research study reports development of a mathematical algorithm to analyze gene expression and Hi-C datasets that predicts cell types better than existing methods, even for large sets of cell types containing multiple different human normal and cancer tissues.

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Meet Our Experts | Jesse Lopez, Ph.D., Services Research Scientist at Active Motif

Meet Our Experts | Jesse Lopez

April 22, 2020
Jesse Lopez, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist on the Epigenetic Services team at Active Motif. This article introduces you to Jesse, covers what makes him tick, and discusses what he thinks the next big thing will be in epigenetics research.

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Guide to Understanding and Using Hi-C and Related Chromosome Conformation Capture Assays

Guide to Hi-C & Related Methods

April 20, 2020
There are many different ways to investigate the 3-D structure of chromatin, such as 3C, 4C, 5C, and Hi-C. This article discusses the basic methodology and applications of the most commonly-used chromosome conformation capture-based assays, with a focus on Hi-C.

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Prions & Epigenetics: Prion-Mediated Inheritance of Active Chromatin States

Prions & Epigenetics

March 25, 2020
New research identifies a prion that acts as an epigenetic, trans-generational activator of yeast genes, representing a novel mechanism for the inheritance of activated chromatin states.

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DNA Methylation Changes in Vapers & Smokers

DNA Methylation & Vaping

March 24, 2020
Vaping and smoking both led to similar epigenetic changes, highlighting the fact that vaping is not a healthy alternative to smoking. These results suggest that the use of the e-cigarettes should be limited, and teenagers and young adults should be discouraged from vaping.

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Epigenetics of Autism, Microbiome & Methylation, and piRNAs & Fertility

Epigenetics of Autism, Microbiome & Methylation, and piRNAs & Fertility

February 25, 2020
This latest epigenetics news summary covers a link between DNA methylation and autism, how the microbiome regulates epigenetics, and how loss of piRNAs leads to infertility in worms.

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Celebrating the 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2020
In an effort to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science, the UN has declared February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate this day, we asked some of our women scientists to reflect on their experiences and offer advice to other women and girls entering biotechnology.

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Epigenetics of Liquid Biopsies, Histone Ubiquitination, and piRNAs & SUMO

Epigenetics News

January 22, 2020
This latest epigenetics news summary covers approaches to investigate epigenetics and proteomics of liquid biopsies, a new role for histone ubiquitination in regulation of gene expression, and new insights into piRNA-mediated transcriptional silencing.

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DNA Methylation & Alzheimer’s Disease, New Chromatin Analysis Method, & Non-CpG DNA Methylation

Epigentics News

December 3, 2019
This latest epigenetics news summary covers discovery of a new biomarker that might help diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease, a new method to analyze the composition of different types of chromatin, and a new mechanism of gene regulation mediated by DNA methylation at non-CpG sites.

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Lamin A/C Acetylation by the NSL Complex Contributes to Nuclear Architecture and Genome Stability

Lamin A/C Acetylation

November 12, 2019
New research describes an interconnected web of gene regulation within the nucleus, showing that lamin A/C acetylation is critical for nuclear lamina integrity and thus plays a role in regulating chromatin structure, nuclear organization, and ultimately gene expression.

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Hypoxia Researchers Win 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Hypoxia Research Wins Nobel Prize

November 8, 2019
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to the hypoxia researchers that discovered how cells sense and adapt to oxygen variations. This article discusses what hypoxia is and why it’s so important.

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Can You Really Reverse Your Epigenetic Age?

Reverse Your Epigenetic Age

October 1, 2019
A recent report in the field of epigenetics claimed that humans could reverse their epigenetic clock. This research led to both excitement that we might be able to take steps to live longer and healthier lives and skepticism that the results might not be real. This article covers all the details.

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Celebrating 50 Years of RNA Polymerases – the Discovery that Initiated Eukaryotic Transcription Research

50 Years of Eukaryotic Transcription

September 27, 2019
The discovery of RNA polymerase enzymes was first published in 1969, and the field has come a long way in the last 50 years. This article covers some seminal discoveries in transcription research, the basics of the three mammalian RNA polymerases, and how these enzymes work with other factors to synthesize RNA.

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Discussing the Past, Present, and Future of Epigenetics with Active Motif Founder Joe Fernandez

Active Motif Joe Fernandez

September 13, 2019
Joe Fernandez, Active Motif’s founder, played a significant role in the evolution of the biotech industry. He’s seen where the industry has been, and has a good idea where it’s going. Joe opens up about how he got started in science, what excites him, and what the next big thing in epigenetics will be.

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Next-Gen ChIP-Seq: Genome-Wide Single-Cell Analysis with Antibody-Guided Chromatin Tagmentation Methods

Antibody-guided tagmentation

September 5, 2019
New methods are improving the efficiency of epigenomic analysis, enabling analysis of histone modifications at the single-cell level. Many of these methods are variations on Active Motif’s patented TAM-ChIP™ technology, which utilizes antibody-guided tagmentation.

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How Do Nucleosomes at Centromeres Differ from Nucleosomes at Other Chromatin Regions?


September 4, 2019
Centromeres play essential roles during the cell cycle, but how centromeric nucleosomes and other proteins work together during mitosis is not completely understood. Recent research using cryo-EM sheds light on this critical process.

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Using RIME to Analyze Protein-Protein Interactions on Chromatin

RIME protein-protein interactions

September 3, 2019
There are many methods for detecting protein-protein interactions. The RIME protocol is gaining popularity because of its unique advantages over the other methods. This article covers what RIME is and how it works, and provides tips to researchers that want to get started with RIME.

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New Research on the Link Between Chromosome Topology and Regulation of Gene Expression

Chromosome topology and regulation o fgene epxression

August 22, 2019
The link between nucleosome organization (and epigenetic modifications of histones) and gene expression is solidly established, but the functions of higher-order chromatin structures are still not completely understood. This article covers the latest research in this area.

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RNA Methylation Contributes to mRNA Mobility and Root Growth in Plants

RNA methylation in plants

August 6, 2019
RNA mobility in plants, which involves the transport of RNA to different plant tissues, is a phenomenon that has been known to exist for years. However, the mechanism involved, and the biological roles of this activity are not fully understood. RNA methylation might be the answer.

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Discussing X Chromosome Dosage Compensation in Drosophila & Mammals with Professor Asifa Akhtar

Dosage compensation in Drosophila

July 30, 2019
The male-specific lethal (MSL) complex, and the histone acetyltransferase MOF in particular, contributes to regulation of the X chromosome dosage compensation process in flies and also has important roles regulating gene expression in humans. Learn about the latest research in this field from expert Asifa Akhtar.

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The Roles of RNA Epigenetics & RNA Processing in Embryonic Development

RNA epigenetics and embryo development

July 26, 2019
Early events in embryonic development involve many different mechanisms, including epigenetic changes and post-transcriptional activities such as mRNA processing and modifications. A recent paper investigated the roles of m6A and the RNA-binding protein hnRNPA2/B1 in this process.

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Epigenetic Enhancer Regulation Contributes to the Autoimmune Disease Scleroderma

Scleroderma hands

July 8, 2019
Scleroderma (also known as systemic sclerosis, or SSc) is a rare but aggressive autoimmune disease. ~35% of patients with SSc die within 10 years of their diagnosis, there is no cure. A recent paper linked epigenetics and SSc, providing hope that epigenetic drugs might be improve its treatment.

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Epigenetic Control of Embyro Pluripotency & Zygotic Genome Activation

Zygotic genome activation

July 2, 2019
Have you ever thought about how all the cells in your body started out as a single fertilized embryo cell that developed into all of the different cell types present in your body today? A process called zygotic genome activation allows this to happen, and we’re learning more about how epigenetics is involved.

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Discussing Spatial Organization of the Human Genome with Professor Wendy Bickmore

Wendy Bickmore spatial organization of the genome

June 24, 2019
The spatial organization of the human genome within the nucleus plays important roles in the regulation of gene expression and other cellular processes. We caught up with expert Wendy Bickmore to discuss topological associating domains (TADs) and their role in enhancer-promoter interactions, epigenetic modifications to the globular domains of histones, how nuclear pores deserve more attention, and much more.

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What Can Histone Methylation Patterns in Kidney Cancer Teach Us About Disease Progression & New Treatments Options?

Kidney cancer epigenetics

June 19, 2019
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in the United States and existing treatments are often not effective. New epigenetic drugs might be the answer.

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完全ガイド:ゲノムワイドなDNAメチル化解析 Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing (RRBS)の理解と使用法

RRBS DNA methylation

June 14, 2019


New Genomics-Based Personalized Colorectal Cancer Treatments

Colorectal cancer

June 4, 2019
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common and most deadly types of cancer in the United States, but the available treatments do not work well for many patients, highlighting the need for new therapeutic approaches. New research suggests that personalized treatments for CRC might be coming soon!

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New Research Suggests that Alzheimer’s Disease Proteins Are Prions

Alzheimer's disease and prions

May 31, 2019
Recent estimates suggest that nearly 6 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the US, making it the 6th leading cause of death. New research suggests that AD might actually be caused by prions, completely changing the way we think about this serious disease.

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Discussing Heterochromatin & Phase Separation with Dr. Gary Karpen

Gary Karpen Heterochromatin

May 28, 2019
How much do you know about heterochromatin? We caught up with heterochromatin expert Gary Karpen to discuss repressive histone marks, whether heterochromatin is really inaccessible to other proteins, phase separation, and much more.

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How Epigenetics & RNA Can Help Save the Honey Bees

Honey bees, epigenetics, and RNAi

May 24, 2019
Honey bee populations worldwide are declining drastically, but a new study sheds light on how a transmissible RNAi pathway might be able to help honey bees become more resistant to pathogens and other threats.

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H3Q5Ser & Happy Histones, New BRD Tools, ssChIC-Seq, Medusavirus Histones, & More Epigenetics News

Diabetes and epigenetics

May 7, 2019
This latest epigenetics news summary covers histone serotonylation, using epigenetics to improve prediction of the outcomes of premature infants, new tools to study bromodomain proteins, single-cell chromatin analysis with a new method called ssChIC-Seq, and the discovery of a large DNA virus that encodes its own histones.

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Discussing Diabetes & Epigenetics with Dr. Jean-Sébastien Annicotte

Diabetes and epigenetics

April 11, 2019
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that affects almost 400 million people worldwide, which is >8% of the global population. We recently caught up with Dr. Jean-Sébastien Annicotte to discuss the role of epigenetics in diabetes and obesity.

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Oncohistones, Gene Regulation by CpG Islands, and Epigenetics of Memory

Epigenetics News | Active Motif

April 2, 2019
This latest epigenetics news summary covers “oncohistones” and the role histone mutations play in cancer, new research that decouples the contributions of CpG density and DNA methylation status on the regulation of gene expression, and the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the stable maintenance of “memories” in yeast.

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Multiplex Single-Molecule Resolution Epigenetic Analysis with ChIA-Drop & More Epigenetics News

Epigenetics News | Active Motif

March 1, 2019
This summary of the latest epigenetics news covers ChIA-Drop, a new method for investigating chromatin interactions with single-molecule precision, a role for DNA methylation in coronary artery disease, and an epigenomic study that identified DNA sequence motifs associated with histone modifications.

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Targeting Epigenetic Enzymes for Drug Discovery & Development

Epigenetic Drug Discovery

February 22, 2019
Epigenetic targets are some of the most promising classes of druggable targets to emerge in a decade. These targets are relevant to almost every field of research and disease area. This article highlights the commonly-studied classes of proteins and enzymes in epigenetic drug discovery.

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Total Epigenome of the Heart

Heart DNA

February 12, 2019
Valentine's Day is all about love and hearts. Just like love, heart tissue is complex. Also like love, in epigenomics it's important to focus on the details, the small stuff. It’s difficult to analyze the epigenome of small numbers of cells isolated from tissues, but this type of study is important to really understand many diseases. This article highlights how researchers analyzed small numbers of cardiomyocyte cells from heart tissue to characterize the epigenetic changes that accompany aging and heart failure.

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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2019
February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Active Motif is celebrating this important day by highlighting some advice from some of our female colleagues and contributing to the awareness for the increasing problem that fewer children, and girls in particular, are pursuing careers in science.

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The Role of DNA Methylation in Asthma and More Epigenetics News

Epigenetics News | Active Motif

February 4, 2019
This summary of the latest epigenetics news covers a role for DNA methylation in asthma, a new high-resolution map of human genetic variation and the role of epigenetics in mutation hot spots, and a high-throughput analysis of long non-coding RNA regulation in different tissues.

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The San Diego Chromatin Club is Bringing Local Epigenetics Experts Together

San Diego Chromatin Club

January 30, 2019
The San Diego Chromatin Club is a seminar series that brings together epigenetics researchers from all over the Greater San Diego Area. This scientific event fosters communication and collaborations between leading researchers, and best of all Active Motif sponsors the event and provides the pizza, sodas, and beer! Check out this summary of the most recent Chromatin Club meeting.

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Top Epigenetics Breakthroughs of 2018

Scientist reading about epigenetics.

January 25, 2019
2018 has come and gone, but before we focus too much on making plans and resolutions for 2019, let’s take a few minutes to look back at all the great epigenetics and gene regulation breakthroughs that were published in 2018. We put together this list of our favorite publications from last year. We cover the best new epigenetic techniques, the most interesting novel epigenetic regulatory mechanisms, and the coolest epigenetic applications.

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